Turtles have been around since the times of the dinosaurs and nowadays, there are over 350 living species of turtles on the planet. The largest of these is the Leatherback Sea Turtle and weighs in at 2,000 pounds. Sea turtles can stay underwater for 4 to 7 hours before they need to come up for air. A couple of Russian tortoises have even helped modern science by being the first vertebrates (living creatures with a spine) that flew to the moon and circled it.
As a power or spirit animal, Turtle stands for longevity. This is the case in most mythological traditions around the world. And science has since backed it up. Turtle’s internal organs do not age. They are the only animals where this happens so the fountains of eternal youth may well be in this animal’s genome.
In practical matters, Turtle teaches us to forget deadlines and slow down. But slowing down doesn’t mean suppressing restlessness but rather embracing restfulness. It means to take your sights off the far horizon, concentrate on and be fully immersed in the here and now. You now have the time and focus to pay attention to detail, to be diligent and caring for even small matters and to develop an even temper. To learn more about this Power Animal and use its energy in your meditation and self-reflection, click here: